Spike Lee Shares Protest Photos From NYC March
Spike Lee is sharing photos he personally took at Thursday’s peaceful protest in New York City. See some of the pictures in the gallery below.
Hundreds gathered in Manhattan on Thursday evening for a rally in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Both men were fatally shot by cops in separate incidents earlier this week. The tragedies renewed calls for police and justice reform.
Not long after the demonstration, five police officers were killed at the end of a similar protest in Dallas. Understandably, the back-to-back-to-back horrific events have left the nation shaken. But as Lee’s photos show, many people, of all ages and races, are expressing solidarity with one another.
Lee uploaded about 30 photos to Instagram, all with the same caption. He wrote, “America Is Broken. God Bless The Victims And Their Families In Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas. I Took These Photos Last Night At The Peaceful, Very Diverse Protest March Here In New York City.”
Among the pictures is one of a white woman holding up a sign that reads, “Black Lives Matter More Than White Feelings So Call Out Your Racist Friends.” In another snapshot, a black man is pictured with a “We Will Not Be Silent” sign, while a different photo features a white female wearing a “Don’t Shoot” t-shirt. In other pics, groups of black and white people are seen sitting together on a street in Times Square.
Lee also captured a black couple who brought their young daughter to the gathering, as well as a white woman seemingly staring down a group of police officers. The photos, which Lee shared with the world on social media, are images of desperation, of hope, of community. They convey a message as strong as the filmmaker’s words. See some of the pictures below.